by Sam Juliano
I have gone thorough a difficult week as a result of yet another visit from my perennial nemesis, the kidney stones. Yes it is hard to believe I haven’t yet mastered a way to keep them at bay, but I can attribute this to my failure to drink enough water. All week I suffered discomfort, but I caught a break when I passed the culprit stone on Sunday unexpectedly after some intense pain and nausea, allowing me to avert the planned Wednesday shock wave procedure. Still, there is a stone within the kidney around the same size that I’d be smart to have blasted within the next month or so if I want to avoid a recurrence of what I just experienced.
As a result of all this discomfort, launched by my seven hour stay in a hospital emergency room, I have been unable to do much on the movie front, or on any front for that matter. I rallied after passing the stone to take in three Japanese masterpieces on a rare online site, used often by Allan for films that have yet to see the light of day on DVD.
The initial group e mails have been sent out to prospective participants for the science-fiction countdown. Five people have politely declined as far as the writing. Jon Warner’s suggestion to make sure to keep this one a Top 50 only is a wise one we will adopt.
I saw (at home):
Until We Meet Again (1950) *****
Happiness of Us Alone (1962) *****
She Was Like A Wild Chrysanthemum (1955) *****
I plan on saying more about these gems soon.